Kearney, Neb. – Adam Goodsir had a hat trick and four points in his debut, David Tomeo delivered a 24-save shutout and the Tri-City Storm trounced the Lincoln Stars, 8-0, to open up the preseason Friday at the Viaero Center.
The Storm scored three goals in the second and five in the third. Linus Weissbach had four assists in his first Tri-City game, including helpers on the first three Tri-City tallies.
The rout is the highest-scoring game for the Storm since Bill Muckalt became Tri-City Head Coach. The Storm’s record for goals in a game is 11, accomplished January 27, 2001 vs. Rochester.
While the markers piled up for the Storm, David Tomeo carved out a nine saves in the first, 11 in the second and three in the third. The stops included a breakaway save on Kyle Kawamura late in the first, and then a stop on Kawamura on the ensuing penalty shot.
Tomeo is 17 years old and a native of West Caldwell, New Jersey.
The Stars used Cayden Primeau for the first half of the game and Josef Korenar for the final 30 minutes. Primeau had 19 saves on 22 shots. Korenar stopped 13 of 18 shots.
The first three goals of the game were scored in an eight-minute span during the second. Tri-City scored back-to-back power-play goals in the first 2:45 of the second. Adam Goodsir scored twice, with a tally by Philip Alftberg sandwiched in between. The Storm finished 3-for-6 on the man up.
Goodsir, 18, finished the hat trick about eight minutes into the third. A first-year player from Okemos, Michigan, Goodsir was the NAHL Rookie of the Year last season with the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
Carver Watson notched his first goal as a Storm player 4:30 into the third. The 18-year-old from Appleton, Wisconsin played in four games for the Storm last season.
The Storm’s first-round picks also flashed dominance. Jace Foskey, 16, had a pair of assists. Charlie Kelleher had a goal and an assist.
Monte Graham, a returning forward from Hanover, Massachusetts, scored twice in the final five minutes of the third.
Coming off a 2016 Clark Cup Championship, Tri-City kicks off the home schedule with Championship Night on September 30 at 7:05 p.m. vs. Sioux City. The Storm will raise its Clark Cup Championship Banner and give away a special championship pennant to the first 1,000 fans. Presented by Viaero Wireless, Championship night will include a pregame ceremony to honor last season’s championship team as well as tributes throughout the night.